Better pay and longer stay – Ukrainians in Poland say they feel ‘more at home’
Ukrainians working in Poland are earning more and staying longer, according a new survey on the country’s largest national minority.
Research carried out jointly by EWL, a human resources company, and Warsaw University’s Centre for Eastern European Studies, looked into the earnings and working habits of some of thousands upon thousands of Ukrainians who have moved across their nation’s western border in what is regarded as one of Europe’s largest peace-time migrations since the end of the WWII.
It found that compared to 2018 when 40 percent of Ukrainians were prepared to work for an hourly rate of PLN 9-11 this year only 6 percent would be prepared to labour for the same rate.
The survey also found 33 percent now expected to be paid PLN 13-15 an hour while 19 percent expected a salary of PLN 15-20.
Along with expecting, and no doubt, demanding more money Ukrainians have become more accustomed to working in Poland.
The study found that last year around 66 percent of them had worked in Poland for the first time, but this year that figure had fallen to 49 percent.
At the same time it appears they are also prepared to stay longer. Over 50 percent of respondents said they are prepared to work in Poland for three to six months while last year 54 percent said they would only work for a maximum of three months.
“The results confirm the willingness of Ukrainians to return to our country in order to start, or continue, employment,” said Renata Ostrowska, deputy director of sales at EWL, during a presentation on the report. “Polish employers should also be happy with the growing interest in committing to long-term work.”
The report also found that an increasing number of Ukrainians now think about calling Poland home. In 2018, 22 percent of respondents expressed a willingness to live in Poland permanently, but that number has now risen to 33 percent.
The most common reasons Ukrainians gave for moving west are the higher salaries in Poland, and better prospects for their children.